[va-bird] Shenandoah National Park

I hiked Big Devils Stairs with my son yesterday, March 26, bushwacking
our way back up along the stream.  The day was gorgeous, and the
beginnings of spring are evident, especially at the lower elevations. 
For the time, we had a nice birdlist, the best being a Louisiana
Waterthrush seen clearly and long near the lower boundary of the park
along the stream.  This seemes early.

The full list included
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Turkey Vulture 7
Black Vulture 4
Common Raven 1
Yellow-belied Sapsucker 2 males, one gorgeously lit in the sun.
Norther Flicker 1 female
Hairy Woodpecker 1 female
Mourning Dove 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2 one gathering nesting materials
Carolina Wren 1
Winter Wren 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
Brown Creeper 2
Eastern Phoebe 6
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowwbird 1 male
Field Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 6

Jim Goehring
Mary Washington College

PS  My son, who fly fishes, reported that there were 5-6 Osprey diving
into the Rappahannock River below the Route 1 Bridge.  The Shad and
Herring are beginning to run.  When in full swing, it is often quite a
scene as the Great Blue Heron line up in the rapids above the bridge
awaiting dinner.


James E. Goehring
Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion
Mary Washington College
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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